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Warlords: Battlecry II (Windows)

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3.8
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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall MobyScore (21 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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90
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Battlecry II is elegantly designed and readily accessible, but this game is also deeper than the Marianas Trench, It’ll take you weeks, even months, to discover all that this game has to offer. That’s a great thing to find in this age of games that can be played to their finish in a week and then are never touched again. Whether you’re an RPG fan or just love a good, original RTS design, Warlords Battlecry II will keep you coming back again and again.
89
Armchair Empire, The
As with the myriad of FPS (First Person Shooter) games that are released, in the genre of RTS (Real Time Strategy) there are often too few games that are worthwhile. By the rating above I’m sure you’ve no doubt guessed that I found Warlords Battlecry 2 (WBC2) worthwhile. I was so impressed by my first test run of the game that I had to forgo all other planned activities for four hours straight. Then, on the following two days, those hard working gaming sessions became seven hour periods. This game has proven to me to be more addictive than cigarettes after all night romps in the hay with my special friend. This game has been the most fun I’ve had in playing an RTS since Dungeon Keeper 2 and Warcraft 2.
85
GameSpy
In the end, Warlords Battlecry II is an accessible real-time game that showers you with things to do and discover. It's part turn-based strategy, part role-playing, and part action-oriented real-time strategy wrapped up inside a highly playable design. And best of all -- it's a lot of fun to play, and in the end that's about all you can ask from any game.
85
IGN
I've been playing too many damn RTSs since I've started working here at IGN. Thankfully, some of these manage to do some new things and keep my interest. Warlords: Battlecry was one of them. The sequel may not have a ton of really noticeable new things when it comes down to the real-time strategy aspect of play, but it definitely had enough to draw me through my jaded curtain and get me playing and interested again. And that's no longer an easy feat for an RTS.
83
4Players.de
Warlords Battlecry 2 präsentiert sich zwar grafisch schlicht und klassisch, aber in Sachen Gameplay und Einheitenaufgebot episch und fantastisch. Kein anderes Echtzeit-Strategiespiel kann mit einer derartigen Vielfalt an Fantasy-Kreaturen aufwarten. Hinzu kommt eine blitzsaubere Steuerung sowie die vorbildliche Einbeziehung von Formationen, Erfahrungsgewinn und Rollenspielelementen, die das Spiel höchst abwechslungsreich gestalten. Keine Kritik? Doch: Optisch kann das Spiel wahrlich keine Begeisterung auslösen und liegt weit hinter WarCraft III zurück. Auch der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist recht happig geraten und irgendwie vermisst man eine echte Story, die den eigenen Helden lebendiger machen würde. Trotzdem: Für Fantasy-Fans mit Strategie-Faible ein absoluter Pflichtkauf!
82
GameZone
This game is very enjoyable, and it has a great look. It is tough to manage at times, but with constant vigilance of what your army is doing, you can actually incorporate some strategic elements, which go a long way toward success. Newcomers to the genre should find this quite entertaining, and RTS veterans will enjoy the action.
82
GameSpot
Warlords Battlecry II's many playable factions, persistent heroes, and dynamic campaign are innovative elements on top of a solid real-time strategy game. The original Warlords Battlecry was the one of the very first games to effectively use the concept of heroes in a multiplayer-focused real-time strategy game, before Shattered Galaxy or Blizzard's upcoming Warcraft III. If the multiplayer component ends up being popular on the Ubi.com matching service, it should be interesting to create a hero in the service's closed, server-side mode, which allows for competitive rankings. However, while the sequel makes a number of general improvements to the formula established by its predecessor, Warlords Battlecry II doesn't take a big leap forward. The game can be best recommended to players new to the series who are intrigued by the game's hero system.
81
Gamesmania
Endlich wieder Echtzeitstrategie. Seit Anfang Dezember war es plötzlich ruhig geworden im Genre. Warlords Battlecry II kommt genau passend, um sich schonmal für WarCraft III (erscheint Juni 2002) warmzuspielen. Ein absoluter Überflieger ist es jedoch nicht.
80
Peliplaneetta.net
Ja onhan se. Dynaamisen elävä kampanja, hyvä käyttöliittymä, toimiva tekoäly, kehittyvä sankari ja reilusti uudelleenpelattavaa tarjoavat 12 toisistaan eroavaa rotua erilaisine yksiköineen pelastavat paljon. En silti oikein uskalla suositella tätä kuin innokkaimmille tosiaikastrategikoille tai sarjan faneille.
80
All Game Guide
Despite the minor gripes, including lackluster graphics and sound, Warlords Battlecry II manages to be an engaging RTS experience. Having a hero to build up throughout the game provides an interesting motivation to play, and the newly structured campaign adds a tactical twist. Unless graphics are a deciding factor in what you buy, the title is worth checking out.
80
GamesFirst!
Except for the lack of a navy, my gripes with Warlords are quite superficial. This is a fun and extremely addictive title. When you talk about depth in a strategy game one would assume you're talking about how many different units are at your disposal. Warlords Battlecry II gives that term new meaning in the strategy genre. My hat is off to SSG and Ubi Soft. This title is definitely worth your buck.
80
Game Over Online
While WB2 isn’t an award winner, it is a solid entry into the RTS genre. I think it disappoints by giving you simply more of what the first game had in plentitude, and in that sense it kind of fulfills the role of a big expansion pack, really. In part, it was the longevity of the first title that brought me to the sequel with the feeling that I’ve played it too much already. On the other hand, didn’t buy the first one? Missed it on the store shelves? Then I’d recommend buying WB2. But if you bought the first one, save yourself the $40 and just pull out the old one again – you won’t be missing anything of consequence.
80
Game Chronicles
WLBC2 is an above average entrant into the extremely crowded genre of real-time strategy games. There is a lot of gameplay here, but if you’re primarily interested in a compelling single player story, you won’t find it here. What you will find, however, is a very innovative RPG component to greatly enhance the RTS standard fare.
79
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
SSG levert een degelijke RTS af die onze honger naar Warcraft 3 en zijn Heroes al een beetje doet stillen.
79
Svenska PC Gamer
Jag brukar ofta gnälla ordentligt när spel inte kommer med några större nyheter. Ändå erkänner jag villigt att jag inte alltid har några bättre idéer själv. Det är därför jag inte spyr galla över Battlecry II, med motiveringen att det inte är bra att ändra på ett vinnande koncept. Föregångaren var en frisk fläkt och faktiskt riktigt underhållande. Uppföljaren ger samma spelkänsla och därmed ska jag inte klaga för mycket, även om jag inte låter spelet få den åtråvärda titeln ”utmärkt spel”. Om du tyckte om det första spelet lär du inte bli besviken.
78
ActionTrip
In the end, I should say that Warlords Battlecry 2 will probably cause quite a bit of controversy amongst the fans of the serial. Some will love it and some might hate the fact that the game lacks any meaning or narrative. Because of this, the campaign mode simply seems lacking. However, when you get into the groove of things, the challenging AI might be able to keep you busy for a while. And then there's always the multiplayer mode.
77
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Geen supervernieuwend game, maar het poetst de Warlords-formule net genoeg op en voorziet het van enkele vlotspelende extra's. Het is hierdoor zelfs aan te raden voor wie het origineel niet speelde.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
Warlords Battlecry 2 a tout pour plaire aux amateurs de STR médiévaux/fantastiques. La réalisation en 2D est sans doute un peu juste et le gameplay reste très classique, mais le jeu se révèle diaboliquement prenant et la possibilité d'incarner 12 peuples différents relance sans cesse l'intérêt de ce titre.
72
GameStar (Germany)
Umfangreiches, tiefgründiges Echtzeit-Strategiespiel, in Würde gealtert, sucht erfahrenen Spieler für längerfristige Bekanntschaft. Wenn du meinen älteren Bruder schon kennst, bin ich richtig für dich: Ich habe alles von ihm geerbt (leider auch das Aussehen), besitze aber ein paar Einheiten, Zaubersprüche und Heldenfähigkeiten mehr. Ich bin kein guter Geschichtenerzähler, aber dafür lasse ich dir bei meiner Eroberung alle Freiheiten. Starke Nerven und Echtzeit-Geschick solltest du schon haben, denn ich bin schwierig; Grünschnäbel brauchen sich gar nicht erst zu bewerben. Gib mir eine Chance!
72
PC Games (Germany)
Viel heiße Luft lässt Warlords Battlecry 2 so komplex erscheinen wie kein anderes Echtzeit-Strategiespiel.
71
PC Zone Benelux
Flink wat vernieuwingen dus in Warlords Battlecry II. De vraag is alleen: is het genoeg? Howel ik redelijk wat plezier heb beleefd aan het spelen van deze game, voelde ik niet echt de drang om het nog eens te spelen. Dat is ook niet zo raar als je bedenkt dat we de laatste jaren zijn overspoeld met RTS-games. Een nieuwkomer moet daardoor wel enorm origineel zijn, wil hij RTS-fanaten nu nog geboeid houden. Toch hoeven de makers van Battle-cry II zich niet echt zorgen te maken. Ze gaan een degelijke game afleveren, die de harten van fantasyfans behoorlijk sneller zal laten kloppen.
70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Warlords Battlecry II is a competent challenger for your gaming time in the overcrowded real-time strategy genre. It’s not an innovative title, but it was made with a good deal of polish and will hold your attention for some time. Hardcore fans of the original won’t find many new features, but newcomers will find a well-executed strategy experience. Despite the problems, replay value is high due to the multitude of races, and the multiplayer and skirmish modes can produce truly fun gameplay experiences. Warlords Battlecry II is a noble effort from developer SSG with a few novel features to spice up the gameplay. I’d recommend it to any fan of quality real-time strategy titles.
68
Joystick (French)
Cette seconde mouture de la variante "temps réel" de la saga Warlord reprend le grand principe de son prédécesseur : on mélange plein de trucs ensemble, on secoue bien fort et on attend de voir ce qui en ressort. Il s'agit donc d'un jeu de stratégie temps réel avec une forte composante jeu de rôle, le tout agrémenté d'un système de héros et d'objets magiques à la Heroes of Might & Magic, justement. En ce qui concerne les nouveautés, on parlera d'un nouveau moteur graphique 2D qui propose des unités plutôt mignonnes, mais des environnements assez fades. Le système de campagne a été chamboulé et ressemble désormais à une partie de Shogun : Total War. In fine, Warlords Battlecry II est donc un soft moyen, malgré quelques bonnes idées ici et là.
60
GameGenie
So, what's the verdict on Warlords Battlecry II? Well, despite all the things that the game does right (options, heroes, resources, production queue, RPG elements), it's hard to get past the fact that, once you peel away all of the pretty layers, Warlords Battlecry II is just another RTS game where you send as many units as possible away to die. As I have stated, there are many different things that Warlords Battlecry II should be commended on, but the deal just hasn't been sealed effectively. Warlords Battlecry II sums up to be yet another average attempt at a RTS game in an overcrowded et. You might want to check it out if you enjoy or can forgive the combat, but I sure can't.